Le Samouraļ (The Godson) Reviews

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Penelope Gilliatt
New Yorker
January 14, 2013
Cold, masterly, without pathos, and not even particularly sympathetic; it has the noble structure of accuracy.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 8, 2009
Delon's inscrutable presence adds to an unnerving atmosphere of anticipation. You feel that something bad could come crashing into the frame at any second. And you would be right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety
March 26, 2009
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Melville's film had a major influence in Hollywood.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
[Melville's] style remains haunting and elegantly spare, just right for the kind of hit man who lives in silence, in bare and colorless surroundings, with a lonely caged bird.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Le samourai expresses a kind of loneliness to be sure, but it's that of a teenage male dreaming about Hollywood movies and their accoutrements -- penthouse apartments, acerbic cops, melancholy city streets, smoky card games, fancy jazz nightclubs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
One of the pleasures of Le Samourai is to realize how complicated the plot has grown, in its flat, deadpan way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
To each his own. Filmmakers as diverse as Quentin Tarantino and Paul Schrader were influenced by Melville, and Hong Kong action director John Woo calls the film 'the closest to a perfect movie that I have ever seen.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
It combines stylish direction, an intelligent script, first-rate performances, and overpowering atmosphere into one of the most tense and absorbing thrillers ever to reach the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Melville is much more interested in procedures than action. The film is so stripped down that we learn as much as we need to know about Jef in the film's first 15 minutes.